Chefkirk - Clear Cutting [slapmp3_026]
The machine you touch each day is capable of many things. It speaks, it talks, it moves in its own way. 99% of all people though use their machines for their intended use. It never speaks, it never talks, it never gets to move. The other 1% are led by chefkirk, forever searching for their machines' pulse. It is a hard thing to feel a heartbeat beneath the cold metal and copper tracings of most machines for sure. But I assure you it is present in all of them, and Clear Cutting offers 5 fine examples of their cardiograms.
Run time 30:00
Compared to his releases on many other labels, Clear Cutting depicts a more melodic chef. The harsh noise and abrasive rhythms are still there, but his aggressive style is complemented by cut-up, melodic interludes, pure notes, swooshing filters, and distressed LFOs. Don't miss the contact-mic-and-forced-air solo! With all the clatterspat, our good chef steers resolutely through the oft-troubled waters between quiet and loud, melody and noise.
October 20, 2004
quality noise at a discount price
I was very happy to find someone on this archive that I was already familar with: last year I got chefkirk's 3" from Samsa records which I was pretty impressed with. Since then I've heard some other downloads from the Samsa site and now this. All have been very satisfying, interesting recordings. He has obviously been doing this long enough to have some idea about what to do with all that noise. Many others making similar recordings seem very juvenile and tend to wander aimlessly thought masses of noise. Chefkirk has a more restrained hand and there seems to be a better sense of intuition behind the flow of the sounds. He also does a very good job of changing the characteristic sounds of some very recognizeable circuit bent toys and using them in a way that goes beyond the original. I'm a bit jaded as I tend to hear my own recodings as being very similar to chefkirks, but in that I can hear ways to improve my own sounds, I'm very excited by his work. Overall a great recording.